George Mason University Office of Military Services

Credit Requirements

Education benefits are based on your student status (e.g., full time, half time). To receive the maximum benefit, you must be registered full time. Part-time rates are reduced proportionately.

UndergraduateGraduateProfessional
Full time 12+ credits 9+ credits 9+ credits
3/4 time 9 - 11 credits 6 - 8 credits 6 - 8 credits
1/2 time 6 - 8 credits 4.5 - 5.5 credits 4.5 - 5.5 credits
< 1/2 time
(see below)
1 - 5 credits 1 - 4.5 credits 1 - 4.5 credits

Less Than Half-Time Enrollment

If you are registered for less than half time, you will receive a lump sum payment. This payment is reimbursement for tuition and fees (does not include the cost of books and supplies). Maximum payment rates are established for training at less than half time but more than quarter time. You would receive reimbursement of the actual charges for tuition and fees or the established maximum, whichever is less.

Chapter 30 students are not issued lump-sum payments. Monthly checks are based upon the prorated monthly rate of payment and training time pursued.

Chapter 32 students have separate training time rates established based on their contribution record and are paid at those rates rather than reimbursement of tuition and fees.

For trainees on active duty, payment is limited to reimbursement of tuition and fees for the training taken.